ACL Late Night | Interpol w/ Temples at Stubb’s

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In the years since their self-titled, 2010 album, Interpol have been relatively quiet. Leader singer Paul Banks released his second solo album, Banks in 2012, but Interpol was still missing from the festivals and record stores of the world. Not anymore. The perennially black-suited rockers are back in 2014 with their fifth studio album, El Pintor. The album title works as an anagram of the band name, as well as a reconfiguration of the sounds that made the band famous to begin with.

With the band gearing up for a worldwide tour, which includes a performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Interpol seem poised to reclaim their name.

While they are in Austin, the band will also play Stubb’s on Sunday, October 5th, with support from the British psych rock band Temples. With a slew of hit songs and a new album, to run through, this is sure to be a show to remember. For tickets, click here.

We Interviewed The Apache Relay | Do512 Lounge

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The Apache Relay cut their teeth in the dorm rooms of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. It was there that they slowly began to hone the folk rock sound for which they are well known. With the release of their latest, self-titled album, the band’s profile has grown larger than ever before.

The lead single on The Apache Relay, the endlessly catchy “Katie Queen of Tennessee”, is an exercise in pop proficiency. The song’s three and a half minutes feel far shorter, inviting numerous replays by the listener.

The Apache Relay have kick started their extensive tour, which will conclude in November. On Saturday the band stopped by the Do512 Lounge to play a quick session before their show at Lamberts. We spoke with singer Michael Ford Jr. about the band’s vision for the new album, and what the tour has been like.

Do512: What are your general impressions of the tour so far?

Michael Ford Jr.: Well, we did the first part of this run with our really good buddies Trampled By Turtles. We did probably three shows directly supporting them and then played Festival Palomino and it was an amazing time.

Do512: Kevin Augunas produced your latest album. He’s worked with some pretty big names like Cold War Kids and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. What was your experience with him like?

Michael Ford Jr.: We’ve never been more focused on songwriting than we have for this record, and I think he really brought that to the process. The fundamental of what each song is: a piano and vocal, or a guitar and vocal. We’d play through the songs until we felt everything was perfect for tracking. We’d never worked like that in the studio, with someone who wanted to focus that intensely on the stripped down core of each song.

Do512: The record has well-polished, lush sound. Is it difficult to pull off any of the songs live without that production?

Michael Ford Jr.: It’s interesting, we spent about a month touring this record before it came out. In that time period we figured out how we were going to make these songs come across live. The versions we have now for the live songs have a special energy and I feel like the live show has a more rock and roll tinge that I think makes the songs more interesting. People that have heard the record will be excited to hear it, it’s got more of a kick to it.

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Do512: You guys have stated that you want every record to be different. Did you have a specific idea of how you wanted this one to sound?

Michael Ford Jr.: Not at all. There was a large amount of tunes put together for this album. When we went out to California we spent the majority of the time reworking all the songs that we planned on recording. We let that dictate the production and the aesthetic, that’s why you hear a change in this record from American Nomad. The songs really lend themselves to that Phil Spector-esque wall of sound production. It wasn’t something we were planning on doing, we just wanted to do what felt right.

Do512: “Katie Queen of Tennessee” has a pretty memorable music video, was that a concept that you guys came up with as a band?

Michael Ford Jr.: We got in touch with Hayley Young, who directed the video, through a friend of ours. Hayley listened to the song and felt like the video should feature dancers of some sort. So the way the story goes is that she Google searched “Dance troupe Nashville” and a video popped up of these kids performing their routine. So she figured she’d just play “Katie Queen of Tennessee” and see if it synched up with their routine. Sure enough it did, so it was just this weird crazy coincidence that we were psyched about.

Do512: Did the kids dig the music?

Michael Ford Jr.: I think so! I’m sure they were tired of listening to it after hearing it all day, though.

Do512: You guys formed at Belmont University in Nashville, which has had a lot of other great bands come out of it like Pujol and Diarrhea Planet. Do you feel a camaraderie with those groups?

Michael Ford Jr.: Yeah, that scene we came up in is so small. It’s such a small town that everyone knows everyone and it’s very communal. Everyone comes to each other’s shows and you’re bound to run into each other. There’s definitely different scenes there but everyone’s trying to do their own and thing and that creates a cool atmosphere.

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Do512: You guys have opened up for big acts like Mumford and Sons, do you have a preference for your shows in terms of venue size?

Michael Ford Jr.: They both have their special things about them, but I gotta say I love playing the bigger rooms. We don’t get to do that too often, but the way those rooms sound is unreal. the bass sounds so huge and massive, it’s fun to hear your band in that way. It’s kind of a rare opportunity to feel that big on stage when you’re playing. I love those experiences.

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See their remaining tour dates below, and follow ‘em at Facebook.com/TheApacheRelay!

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The Must-See Bands at Austin City Limits 2014

 

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As we approach the colossal two-weekend event known as the Austin City Limits Music Festival, we’re faced with the near-herculean task of figuring out just how many awesome things we can see and do during the festival.

If you want to do it right, plan on getting to Zilker Park early and staying late. The forecast looks great for both weekends, with temperatures in the mid 80′s, so we recommend getting to the festival by noon to see as many bands as possible.

Plenty of great acts have early sets, starting with Temples at 1:15pm on Friday. On Saturday, start with Spanish Gold at 12:30pm, catch Benjamin Booker at 1pm, then Mac DeMarco at 1:30pm. You can start your Sunday with local funk band Hard Proof at 11:15am, then check out the Barton Springs Beer Hall, the Art Market, the Austin Eats food court, or dip out to grab a “Shady Thang” at Shade Grove.

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Good early shows for Weekend 2 include Black Pistol Fire on Friday at noon, Riders Against The Storm on Saturday at 11:15am, and early slots by both Emily Wolfe and Wood & Wire on Sunday.

While the lineups for both weekends are very similar, they are not identical. For instance, if you plan on singing along to Lorde‘s “Royals”, you’ll want to attend the festival on Sunday, October 12th. She won’t be there for weekend one. Other, more subtle differences include differing schedules for bands that will be playing both weekends.

  • Friday’s Biggest Names:

Outkast, Beck, Foster The People, Belle & Sebastian, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent.

  • Friday’s Biggest Conflicts:

Childish Gambino vs Foster the People 6:15-7:15
Beck 8:15-9:30 vs Outkast 8:15-10:00

  • Saturday’s Biggest Names: 

Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, The Avett Brothers, Interpol, Broken Bells.

  • Saturday’s Biggest Conflicts:

Skrillex 8:30-9:45 vs Eminem 8:30-10:00
Broken Bells vs Major Lazer 7:30-8:30
The Avett Brothers vs Lana Del Ray 6:30-7:30

  • Sunday’s Biggest Names: 

Pearl Jam, Calvin Harris, Lorde (Weekend 2), Spoon, Chromeo, The Replacements, Phantogram.

  • Sunday’s Biggest Conflicts:

Calvin Harris 8:00-9:15 vs Pearl Jam 8:00-10:00
Chromeo vs Zedd 7:00-8:00
The Replacements vs Spoon 6:00-7:000
Phantogram vs Real Estate vs Jenny Lewis 5:00-6:00

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THE MUST-SEE BANDS OF ACL FEST 2014

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Beck

Nobody does weird quite like Beck. He’s pretty much the only four-time platinum artist who can sing about having a devil’s haircut in his mind, and have it sound not only believable, but completely reasonable. Few musicians have had a career as long and ultimately influential as Beck’s.

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OutKast

OutKast needs no introduction. They have written some of the most beloved, genre-bending and wholly creative hip-hop songs of all time, and finally returned to the stage after a long hiatus. Get hyped.

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Spoon

2014 also saw the reemergence of one of our favorite Texan bands, Spoon. They’d kept things quiet the past couple of years, but came back strong with their fantastic new album, They Want My Soul. It’s their best effort in quite a while, and you can expect the live show to match.

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Pearl Jam

It’s not Pearl Jam’s first time at Austin City Limits, and we hope it won’t be their last. Eddie Vedder has one of the most powerful voices in rock and roll, and his band have been a staple since they burst into the Seattle Grunge scene in 1990. They are one of our generation’s most essential bands, and are nothing short of amazing in concert.

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Eminem

What can you say about Eminem that hasn’t been said a thousand times already? His legacy as one of the best rappers of all time is sealed. He’s incendiary, funny, controversial, and talented. Sometimes in equal measure, and sometimes within the span of a single song. He doesn’t spend much time in Austin, so don’t miss him at ACL.

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Temples

Hailing from Kettering, England, Temples quickly made fans at home and abroad after releasing their debut full-length, Sun Structures, in February of this year. If you dig ’60s-influenced psychedelic pop, you need to see Temples. The band performed at SXSW earlier this year, then rocked Coachella and Austin Psych Fest.

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Benjamin Booker

He’s a 25-year-old blues-rocker. And he’s become a big deal over night. Booker just released his debut album last month, and was hand-picked by Jack White to be his opening act on tour. This guy kicks ass. Do. Not. Miss it.

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St. Vincent

Multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark grew up in Dallas, and kicked around with The Polyphonic Spree before going out on her own and performing as St. Vincent. In addition to being a seriously gifted electric guitar player, she’s gone on to release three incredible studio albums, perform on Saturday Night Live, and collaborate with the likes of David Byrne. Seeing her perform live is an unforgettable experience.

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Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco might hold the world record for being the most simultaneously goofy and competent songwriters in the world. His ridiculous on-stage antics are the stuff of legend, and his third album, Salad Days, was met with widespread critical acclaim. Beneath his often wacky exterior is a person who has a real gift for penning memorable songs. Essentially, he’s the drunk guy at the party who you laugh at until he picks up an acoustic guitar and blows your mind.

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The Replacements

In 2012, The Replacements announced their reunion and a lot of people went justifiably out of their minds with excitement. See, The Replacements hold a very special place in people’s hearts as one of the best, most influential bands of the 1980′s. Their third album, Let It Be, is a post-punk classic, filled with idiosyncratic lyrics and jangly  guitar riffs. Loyal acolytes of The Replacements now have the chance to see them perform their quintessential material live and in person.

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Belle & Sebastian

Belle & Sebastian’s lead singer and musical mastermind Stuart Murdoch has what you would call an extensive vocabulary. The art of story telling is something that comes exceedingly natural to the Scottish-born musician. Even if you don’t know Belle & Sebastian, you’ve probably unknowingly enjoyed one of their songs.

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Jenny Lewis

At this point in her career, Jenny Lewis can safely be considered indie-rock royalty. She was primary vocalist of Rilo Kiley, has recorded with Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Ben Gibbard, formed the band Jenny & Johnny, lent her in-demand vocals to The Postal Service, Cursive, Jonathon Rice, and Elvis Costello. She was also in The Wizard.

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Lucius

Lucius is a triple-threat of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks, and dance-inducing percussion. Pair those traits with the band’s irresistible live show and it’s easy to see why NPR Music calls Lucius “a fabulous band playing such infectious pop songs” and Paste hails the group as “blissful.” Charismatic co-founders and lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing in unison – two voices as one – uniquely delivering songs with stories told from the same perspective. Multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish, and Dan Molad round out the stylish, Brooklyn-based quintet.

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Simply put, Trombone Shorty is the man. He recently joined Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on stage at the Grammy Awards, made an appearance on Conan, and took home 7 awards at the OffBeat Magazine Best of the Beat Awards, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and more. Hailing from New Orleans, Trombone Shorty mixes jazz, funk and hip-hop into one sweet, funky cocktail.

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Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive is trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson, vocalist Rachael Price, bassist Bridget Kearney, and drummer Mike Calabrese. They do a bit of everything, from jazz to pop, gospel blues, British Invasion rock, R&B and Motown soul.

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Phantogram

This electronic rock duo from New York consists of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. They mix catchy rhythms with smooth and dreamy vocals to produce a sound you can dance to, cry to, and sing to. Sound of soul, hip-hop, shoegaze and pop make their way into Phantogram’s music, making them an act you won’t want to miss.

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tUnE-yArDs

tUnE-yArDs will be cranking creativity and catchy experimental music to the max at ACL. If you are a fan of Merrill Garbus’ musical endeavors, this is your chance to see it come to life. Just from the Youtube videos alone you can begin to imagine what a live show might be like. Lots of color, craziness, heart and soul.

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Jenny Lewis at Stubb’s | ACL Late Night

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At this point in her career, Jenny Lewis can safely be considered indie-rock royalty. As one fourth (and primary vocalist) of the now defunct Los Angeles-based band Rilo Kiley, she carved her way into critical and fan acclaim during the group’s 13 years of existence. After a string of successful albums, the band more or less disbanded amicably in 2011. Since then, Lewis has kept busy.

In the wake of Rilo Kiley’s dissolution, she made a self-described “kind of soul record” featuring contributions by Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. The record, called Rabbit Fur Coat, received glowing reviews by critics.

Next came an album combining the talents of Lewis and her boyfriend Jonathon Rice, under the moniker of Jenny & Johnny. She also found time to lend her in-demand vocals to a wide variety of music acts, including The Postal Service, Cursive, Jonathon Rice, and Elvis Costello. On top of all this, Lewis has appeared on shows like Comedy Bang Bang, American Dad, and Pleasantville.

To put things plainly, Jenny Lewis doesn’t seem to be slowing down in any sense of the word. The fact that she just released an excellent solo album, The Voyager, only lends credence to the theory that Lewis is super into forward motion.

Jenny Lewis brings her talents to Stubb’s Amphitheater on October, 3rd as part of the ACL Festivals Late Night Shows. She’ll be joined by indie-pop performers The Belle Brigade. For tickets and additional information about the show, click here.

Felice Brothers w/ Spirit Family Reunion | Emo’s

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On Saturday, September 27th, Emo’s will be hosting one badass folk rock party with Spirit Family Reunion and The Felice Brothers.

Spirit Family Reunion will be starting things off as they stomp and clap their way into your hearts with their old-timey, rootsy tunes. Having opened for the like of the late Levon Helm and The Alabama Shakes, the Brooklyn six-piece is well-known for a raucous live show with splendid 5-part twangy harmonies and a cornucopia of string instruments. Be sure and pick up their new album, No Separation, while you’re there.

The Felice Brothers will be closing out the show in style with a perfected blend of folk, Americana, and revivalist roots rock. Hailing from the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York, the band had made festival stops at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Newport Folk Festival, and have supported Old Crow Medicine Show and The Dave Matthews Band.

If you love truly great folk rock, do not miss out on this show. Get your tickets here.

Rhye | ACL Late Night Show at The Paramount

Want to know the best way to start your night after listening to music all day at ACL Fest? Listening to more music at ACL Late Night Shows. They will be happening at venues all over town, even at The Paramount, where you can catch the R&B duo Rhye on Friday, October 3rd.

Rhye is a collaboration of two strangers with similar tastes in music, Canadian singer Milosh and Danish instrumentalist Robin Hannibal, who decided to join forces after being meeting via their record label to talk about collaborating. They realized their styles complimented one another and made the move to Los Angeles in 2010, becoming very successful since teaming up.

The two infuse their jazz roots into electronic music, and it really, really works. Their album Woman was released in 2013, getting an 8.5/10 ranking on Pitchfork, 8/10 on Spin and many other positive vibes throughout the music community. Songs like “Open” and “The Fall” stick out as clear picks for singles, but it is important not to discredit “3 Days”, (seen below).

Cool down after a hot day of music outside with a cozy indoor show with Rhye at The Paramount 10/3. BONUS: Enter to win a free pair of tickets here.

We Interviewed Berkshire Hounds | Rock Bottom EP

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Berkshire Hounds are a band comprised of some very funny, very talented dudes. That is to say, they make some seriously good music while not taking themselves too seriously. This Saturday at Lamberts, the band will open for Nashville natives The Apache Relay, who we happen to be hosting for a Do512 Lounge Session earlier that afternoon.

Berkshire Hounds will be playing songs from their brand spankin’ new EP, Rock Bottom, which is slated for physical release on October 7. The Rock Bottom EP provides a healthy dose of the grunge, classic R&B, pop, punk, and jazz flourishes we’ve come to know. Below, listen to lead track “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”.


Because they enjoy doing fun things, we recently sat down with Berkshire Hounds to ask them some choice questions about music, tacos, love, their favorite movie, and other stuff.

Do512: The track we’re featuring is called “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”, why are you so afraid of committing yourselves in an intimate way?

BH: Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, am I right ladies? Also I have a big ol birthmark in a weird place, so I can’t get into anything too heavy.

Do512: What’s the absolute worst show you ever played? Why was it so terrible?

BH: Club Deville, Somewhere about a year ago. Band ditched us, we told trombone player not to show up. Instead he showed up black out drunk falling of the stage blowing his trombone directly in our ears, as he didn’t have a mic. He performed his trombone solo with his mouth. BLEEE BLAH

Do512: What is your favorite movie and why is it Goodburger?

BH: We’re a lower class band, working for the weekend. Kenan & Kel felt the same. They took hard times and worked to find the way out of the corporate regime, and into the mouths of the everyday man wanting the best Burger on the Nickelodeon film lot in Burbank. Oh and Orange Soda.

Do512: You teased the internet with a snippet of your new music video “Shed Skin”, what can we expect from the finished product?

BH: WOW. Is it a treat! Its loaded with action, gambling, babes, dude babes, meat and buns. A real insight into the Berkshire lifestyle, let me tell you. A real gem.

Do512: What is your favorite place to drink, eat, or just hang out in Austin?

BH: We are home brewers by nature, so we don’t stray much from our abode. We also dabble in Meat curing, which will play a big part in the lyrical content of our next album. Keep an eye out for our next single, as well as our seasonal brew/deli lineup, “Hogs & Hops Pils Sausage.” Keep Austin Weird. If we’re not home brewing or curin’, we’re at Workhorse, Hole In The Wall, The Grande, Mr. Tramps, Shangri la, or Ginny’s Little Longhorn.

Do512: We love tacos. What ingredients would create the Berkshire Hounds taco? Got a favorite taco spot?

BH: Taco Bueno is the spot. And the “Berkshire Hounds Taco” would look like this:

1 Cup Sautéed Soyrizzo
1 Pinch of Pineapple
2 1/4 Bushel Feta
16 Heaping Cups of LOVE
1 Cilantro (I Guess…..)

Do512: K bye.

BH: K bye.

For more Berkshire Hounds, check them out on Do512!

Patika Coffee opens Brick and Mortar on S. Lamar

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The team behind the popular coffee trailer in downtown Austin, Patika Coffee, is excited to announce the official opening of their first brick and mortar location this Friday, September 26. Located at 2159 South Lamar, Patika Coffee will be bringing the same high quality coffee to the new location. They will also offer beer and wine, as well as delicious snacks courtesy of an in-house baking program.

With an appreciation for beautiful contemporary design, Wigginton chose the space on South Lamar after seeing its original mid-century elements. Utilizing natural light during the day and subtle lighting in the evening, Patika was designed to give a pared down, welcoming lounge feel to its guests.

Owned by Andy Wigginton and Nick Krupa, Patika will be expanding into a multi-roaster shop, working with some of the top national roasters including Austin’s Cuvee Coffee and others. Additionally, Patika will be offering a rotating selection of pour-over coffee options, brewed and French press coffee, and their own cold-brewed iced coffee.

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Patika will also offer a curated wine list and an evolving menu of seasonal and year-round beers, with an in-house baking program will feature a rotating selection of six to eight sweet and savory pastry items each day.

During the evening, Patika will feature charcuterie and cheese plates served with Easy Tiger bread, classic bar snacks like nuts and popcorn, flatbreads, spreads, and desserts like Crème Brulee.

Patika will be open Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. beginning on Thursday, October 2. For more information, please visit www.patikacoffee.com.

Win a Trip to ACL Fest | See Bill Murray in St. Vincent

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Serious question: Is there any actor alive that is more universally loved than Bill f’n Murray? He’s more than a cultural icon, he’s a bona-fide national treasure. From his infamous off screen antics with fans (no one will ever believe you) to his cherished roles in movies like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day, Murray’s legend is irrefutable. What other 64-year old actor’s mug appears on the t-shirts of hipsters and baby-boomers alike?

One of the great things about Mr. Murray (there’s quite a few) is his ability to draw laughs from the slightest of facial expressions. While he’s certainly capable of being funny in an overtly silly way, the comic restraint he’s shown in recent years has been a treat in and of itself.  Nobody does deadpan quite as hilariously as he does.

On October 10th, Murray returns to theaters in the film St. Vincent. Not to be confused with the guitar-shredding musical project of Annie Clark, St. Vincent is a film directed by Theodore Melfi. It features an incredible cast including Melissa Mccarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd and, of course, Bill Murray.

What’s more, St. Vincent wants to see you at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Enter to win a trip for two to ACL, including round-trip airfare, hotel, and festival passes! If you’re planning on being at the festival, be sure to find the Bill Murray Photobooth on site at Zilker Park and get photobombed! Enter here!

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Tenth Annual Art Outside | October 24 – 27, 2014

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Austin’s colorful moniker “Live Music Capital” comes with a lot of pressure to live up to that name. We have the spring time debauchery that is SXSW, ACL, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, with a variety of genre-specific festivals that highlight reggae, psychedelic music, hip-hop, Latin music and more.

Yet, with such grand demonstrations of music one can forget why these festivals started in the first place: to celebrate music and the community. That’s where Art Outside comes in; a unique festival going on from October 24-27th, which concentrates on building up community with a completely interative approach to music, art, and education.

The annual event is held on the stunning Apache Pass, about an hour northwest of Austin alongside the San Gabriel River. Born of the idea to display amazing works of art outside the confines of galleries and museums, Art Outside is a mecca of art and inspiration that, once per year, turns the lush grounds of Apache Pass into the stage for large scale art installations.

Three stages hold more than 50 musical acts, and every space of the plush lands are covered in visual artists showcasing their pieces. Witness performance artists like belly dancers, fire breathers, and contortionists, along with workshops for everything from yoga to aromatherapy.

The artists featured will be coming from all over the world. Some of them are past attendess who answered the Annual Call of Participation and many have been invited by one of the hundreds of artists who collaborate to make this festival come alive every year. Key to this experience is the complete sensory integration of the festival. You can come to listen to music, which defies one genre and ranges from EDM (Conspirator) to bluegrass (Cornmeal) to ethereal (Sorne) and many in between.

You can play with the art installations by the likes of Michael Christian, famed for his jungle gym esque sculptures, or learn to make your own art at one of the workshops. Dancing, touching, and learning is encouraged.

Guests are invited to stay and camp in any of the designated camping areas which feature running water, limited electricity, bathrooms, and RV hook ups. The annual Family Camping Tent will be supplied with lights, drinking water, charging stations, and serve as a place for coordinating. Not keen on staying overnight? Day passes are available and ride sharing can be arranged. Even better, the event is completely family friendly. Children of all ages are encouraged to come interact with the art and collaborate with other budding artists.

Powering the festival is Art Outside’s own Progressive Green Efforts. On site composting, solar powered charging stations, go green workshops, and a post-event for carbon offset in which guests are invited to plant trees at Apache Pass on the last day of this festival, make this the region’s #1 eco-conscious festival.

Aside from musical and performance acts galore, this festival is a chance to find a true sense of community and inspiration within art and Austin. There are endless possibilites in a world made of art. Get your tickets and more info at Do512.com/ArtOutside.

Contributed by Page Jensen-Slattengren